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Important dates Browns fans need to know to get through the offseason

More than 200 days separate us from the first Sunday of the 2019 NFL season.

Unbearable, right?

Well, the best thing about the NFL is there’s always something around the corner. We’re just two days removed from the Super Bowl, and there’s already a few things to check off the calendar before the month comes to a close.

Here’s a full breakdown of the most important dates that separate Browns fans from the start of their highly anticipated 2019 season.

Monday: The waiver system opens back up for business. The Browns on Monday made their first move by waiving LB Tanner Vallejo.

Feb. 19: First day for teams to designate Franchise or Transition players. The Browns haven’t used the franchise tag since 2012, when they placed it on kicker Phil Dawson.

Feb. 26-March 4: NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

March 5: Deadline for Franchise or Transition tags.

March 11-13: Teams can meet with the agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents at the start of the new league year.

March 13 (4 p.m.): It’s the start of the new league year, allowing teams to sign unrestricted free agents and make trades.

March 24-27: Annual League Meeting in Phoenix.

April 1: Teams that hired a new head coach can begin offseason workouts. That includes the Browns this year, of course.

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville.

May 3-6/May 10-13: Clubs can hold their three-day rookie mini-camp on one of these weekends. Last year, the Browns picked the first weekend.

May 20-22: Spring League Meeting in Key Biscayne, Florida.

July 15: Deadline for players who received franchise tag to sign multi-year contracts or extensions.

Late July: Training camps open throughout the league. Browns will announce their start date in the near future.

August 1: Hall of Fame Game in Canton. Yes, football is finally back.

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